If restaurants described as upscale make you nervous, Grandview's DK Diner is your place. A meal there feels more like eating at a neighbor's than at a restaurant. To give you an idea, you'll be serving yourself coffee-after you pick from among the mismatched mugs sitting out on open shelves. (Tip: The cream's hiding in the mini-fridge.)
Slide into a booth and take a look at the wallet-friendly menu. An egg-and-bacon biscuit sandwich for three bucks, a stack of flapjacks for $3.75 or a cheese omelet for $4.
The most expensive thing on there is the DK All the Way, just $6.50 for a buttermilk biscuit piled with over-easy eggs, Canadian bacon and home fries, all doused in sausage gravy.
By the way, the DK stands for Donut Kitchen, and you'll want to pick up a dozen on your way out-you can afford it. The old-fashioned sour cream ones are the very best in Columbus: charmingly misshapen treats with plenty of nooks and crannies to soak up their thick vanilla glaze.
Breakfast for lunch
True story: Breakfast is just as delicious (and sometimes even more so!) at lunch and dinnertime. There's no need to feel guilty about ordering breakfast for lunch, but sometimes it helps to bridge the gap between the meals by ordering a later-in-the-day standard made with early-morning ingredients, like the breakfast sandwich.
DK Diner makes a few of them, including some served on biscuits and English muffins. I prefer the sandwiches served on Texas toast over those McDonald's-esque options, though.
Dana's Deluxe B.S. ($4.25) is the most elaborate, with two fried eggs, cheese and a breakfast meat plus lettuce, tomato and mayo. It's delish and plenty filling for lunch.
For a fancier option, try Katalina's Country Egg ($9.25). The Victorian Village cafe is famed for its sandwiches, and this all-day option is served on the same sliced old-world loaf as many of the lunch favorites. It's kind of massive, and stacked with fried eggs, cheddar and prosciutto, amped up flavorwise with some roasted garlic and walnut pesto.